The Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille event first kicked off three years ago with the mission of bringing the elegance of the 1920s to the present, pairing auto manufacturers with fashion houses to showcase the future of automotive culture. This year, the event is being held on September 4th and promises to be even better than ever. As such, you better believe that McLaren is going to be there, and this year it returns with the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept.

The 570GT by MSO Concept was designed by McLaren Special Operations as the first bespoke example of the 570GT, showcasing a number of special features that will be available on the model. As a less track-focused version of the 570S, the 570GT still has McLarens iconic 3.8-liter V-8 that pumps out 562 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque. The 570GT by MSO Concept comes complete with a new Electro-Chromic roof that allows for user-adjustable tints, Saddle Tan upholstery inside to go with a 12-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Hi-Fi audio system. Paired with the standard features found in the standard 570GT, this MSO Concept is literally the most luxurious McLaren ever built.

For the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille event this year, McLaren is paired up with avant-garde fashion house Jean-Paul Gaultier to take part in a Concept-Cars parade where the 570GT by MSO will be showcased. While everyone was hoping McLaren would up the Ante a little bit for this year, it has actually done very little. In fact, the only change is that the exterior is now finished in Pacific Blue. The gloss black front splitter, side skirts, rear diffuser, and door inserts all carry over from the original concept giving the car a dark, but two-tone appearance.

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Why it Matters

It’s cool that McLaren is showing up to Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille this year, but I was really hoping to see more out of the company than a new exterior finish on an already-revealed concept. The concept itself is great, but in all reality, giving an old concept a new exterior finish and boasting it like it’s a big deal is just a little lazy. Why not throw in some new accessories or something more than a solid exterior finish? Either way, even with nothing more than some Pacific Blue paint added to the concept, it should still receive more than enough attention at the Concept-Car parade this weekend.

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Press Release

McLaren returns to the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille for the third time
McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept revealed in Pacific Blue
McLaren paired with fashion house Jean-Paul Gaultier for the Concept-Cars Parade
McLaren Automotive returns to Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, Sunday September 4 at Domaine Chantilly for the third year running. The third edition of the glamorous event will see a stunning display of automotive extravagance. This year, McLaren is returning to showcase the new McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept in Pacific Blue. This model builds upon the recently-introduced 570GT, the most luxurious and refined McLaren to date.

An ambition of Chantilly is to bring back the elegance of the 1920’s when manufacturers and fashion houses joined forces to showcase the future of the motor car and couture. This year, McLaren Automotive has been paired with the avant-garde fashion house, Jean-Paul Gaultier to take part in the Concept-Cars parade where the McLaren 570GT by MSO Concept will be shown.

Featuring a wide selection of MSO Defined options shown together as a single concept, the McLaren Special Operations-engineered car is the first European example of the recently-launched McLaren 570GT to feature a bespoke specification.

With this model, the attention is in the detail; as standard, the McLaren 570GT’s carbon fibre interior components are finished with a beautiful satin lacquer but the MSO model goes further with a rich, gloss lacquer for an even more individual and more luxurious look. This beautifully complex, gloss-lacquered MSO Defined option also extends the entire length of the car’s sills.

Externally, to complement the interior, MSO Defined delivers a sumptuous gloss black finish to exterior details such as the side skirt, the front and rear ends and the door inserts. This is MSO’s Piano Black finish and exudes an understated elegance and refinement.

In addition to the aesthetic additions to this McLaren 570GT, MSO Defined has engineered an exhaust manufactured from titanium which is 30% lighter than the standard offering. This beautiful piece of sculpturing is finished with heat shields in a golden titanium nitride tint, which will naturally change colour to a blue and purple as the system heats and cools through its cycle which can be seen through the cooling grids.

The result, to be shown along side a beautiful example of haute couture from Jean-Paul Gaultier, is an elegant, refined and beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

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